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, the u.s. government and energy companies have both come to the conclusion that the united states is sitting on huge deposits of natural gas, far more than anyone guessed. enough to power cars and electrical plants and just about anything else for hundreds of years. in fact, the united states could become a net exporter of energy, which could reduce or even eliminate the trade deficit, and of course reduce our dependence on the middle east. now, that natural gas and some oil, too, is locked in shale rock. energy companies have figured out how to drill down, turn the bit sideways, and create tunnels deep within the earth, which are then pumped full of water, sand and chemicals, fracturing the rock and releasing the gas. this so-called fracking which is very controversial is happening all over the united states, most notably in north dakota. more recently, here in the monterey shale in california, home to some of the most vocal environmentalists in the world. chris falkner is ceo of blightling gas and shale. he claims the environmentalists have the upper hand in the argument over fr
at 4-month lows, mostly on concerns about greece and weaker economic data in the united states. as well, concerns about jpmorgan. jamie dimon will have to explain himself in front of congress. the senate banking committee is calling on the jpmorgan chase chairman and ceo to testify next month on the company's big trading losses, now valued at possibly as high as $5 billion. the company has lost some $30 billion in market value in a week. >>> it looks like the possibility of additional economic stimulus by the federal reserve could be growing. the fed's open market committee releasing the minutes from the april meeting this week. more members of the fmoc now say they are open to additional quantitative easing should the economy falter further. >>> retail sales up in april. weak clothing and building material sales helping keep that number low. >>> facebook flies, the market tumbles. what happens if greece leaves the euro? a busy week and joining us to help explain what it means, richard bernstein, ceo of bernstein advisers. good to see you again. let's talk facebook. big day on friday, o
with intelligence services friendly to the united states. this case has raised a lot of issues all over again about our airline security, about how strong al qaeda still is these days, and about how many more of these could be out there. it's where we begin tonight with our justice correspondent pete williams in our washington newsroom. pete, good evening. >> brian, by all accounts, this is a remarkable success for the intelligence agencies of the united states and its allies. and here's why, they managed to insert a critical informant into the very heart of the terror group that's considered the number one threat to the united states. al qaeda's offshoot in yemen. administration and intelligence officials say by the time this most recent plot was in its final planning stages, the u.s. and its allies were able to follow it in detail. but the terrorists in yemen did not know at the time these officials say is that the person they chose to be the suicide bomber was actually an informant. someone who agreed to cooperate with an allied intelligence service. members of congress declined to be specific b
, and the united states markets to follow suit. although there has been considerable expectation as we've watched the story unfold in france that it would lead to this result, and cast some cloud over the efforts to enact austerity measures. and solve that debt crisis. >> of course, these austerity measures are being driven largely by the germans. is this creating a ripple across europe and more pushback against this concept? >> reporter: you are seeing a pushback against that, you're seeing it in the united states diminution for the republican zeal for the cuts. and you can expect democrats and president obama to go hard after them in the election on medicare and social security. the republican point of view, they've got to hope that the anti-incumbent message sent to sarkozy is repeated in november. >> john harwood, thanks. >>> let's talk about this country, exactly six months until our election day. this weekend, president obama officially kicked off his campaign, with rallies in a pair of swing states. though a lot of folks are quick to point out what sure has looked like campaigning from the
's the best fireworks i've seen here in the united states united states. >> live is always better. at home you can't cap purchase the spirit the way you can live. >> reporter: a historic moment. 75 years the golden gate has stood tall and proud in the san francisco bay. >> this is history in the making. 75 years of the golden gate bridge. it's nice to be part of it. >> it's majestic, i love it. we take it for granted but it's a beautiful part of the bay area. what else can you ask for? >> reporter: the bridge has deep symbolism for those who have laid eyes on it. love, prosperity, dedication. the golden gate touches people's hearts in different ways. >> we definitely see our family, it symbolizes an active family. >> my heart is here. it's got a lot of meaning behind it. >> reporter: families, friends, and those who have recently fallen in love. there's something special about this bridge. even a 6-year-old girl can sum up her feelings in one word. >> awesome. >> reporter: awesome is right. as for the 100th anniversary in 2037, i overheard people already making plans for it. a 10-year-old boy
. washington was skeptical from the claim. >> i think all of us here in the united states were surprised, disappointed and angry about the release. >> back in tripoli, he said i have never harmed anyone in my life. the truth is still hidden. >> some counterterrorism experts admit there were flaws in his trial. >> with his death, the change of the regime in libya, i think is -- although not a fully satisfying one -- the end of the story of terrorism in libyan terrorism. >> but others think the libyan was only a scapegoat. >> with his demise, there is no clearer account of what happened. >> but not the questions. nbc news, london. >>> now we're going to switch gears and talk about the weather and tropical storm alberto churning off the coast of south carolina. chris is upstairs with the latest. >> good morning, jenna. tropical storm alberto is the first storm of the season. in fact, it's just about two weeks early at the beginning of hurricane season. cannot read too much into that as the predictor or the rest of the season, but it just takes once for it to be a bad season. one could be a
, virginia, the 9 to 12 states we think ultimately decide who the president of the united states is going to be. >> and savannah, a little bit of history. veterans picked bill clinton over george w.h. bush who is a world war ii veteran, and george bush over john kerry, who served in vietnam. this will be the first election since world war ii is which neither candidate is a veteran. savannah. >> nbc's kristen welker at the white house, thank you. >>> around the rest of the country, parades and tributes to the country's fallen service men and women this memorial day. that was the case in downers grove, illinois, and nbc's kevin tibbles was there. >> on main streets in small towns and big cities, they marched. in honor of those who have served, in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. >> god bless them. they're our children. those are our children. >> and lining the sidewalks, those old enough to remember and those who are not. for them, today is a day of learning. >> i think it's very important to impress upon them the sacrifices that other people make for the freedoms and t
. analysts say assad could stop them if he wanted. after months of threats, the united states today ordered syria's top diplomat expelled. >> he is no longer welcome in the united states. >> reporter: and germany, britain, france, spain, italy, the netherlands, canada, bulgaria and australia, all told syrian diplomats to get out. >> this is the most effective way we've got of sending a message of revulsion at what has happened in syria. >> reporter: but as the new video shows, assad isn't getting the message. and syrian forces still vastly outgun the opposition. and today, brian, the state department accused iran of aiding and abetting the shabiha, the pro-assad militia. activists say the shabiha is trained by iran and uses the same tactics that iran employed to crush its own rebellion. brian? >> richard engel starting us off tonight. richard, thanks. >>> and now to the crisis in northern italy, where a deadly 5.8 earthquake shook the region this morning. the epicenter was just northwest of bologna. the same area where an even stronger quake killed people just over a week ago. and once agai
. brian mooar has that story for us. >> the next president of the united states, governor mitt romney. >> reporter: in his commencement speech at the largest christian university, romney underscored his stance against gay marriage. >> marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: that line was a guaranteed crowd pleaser at liberty university founded by jerry fallwell and is located in the battleground state of virginia. the presumtive nominee's appearance is an important step in winning over the ultraconservatives who shunned him during the primary. >> we are electing a president, not a pastor. i think if you compare him to obama, yeah. i think by all means we'll side with him. >> reporter: president obama made history by publicly supporting gay marriage and was honoring the nation's top cops. >> the people alive today only because of their courage. >> reporter: first lady michelle obama was at north carolina university talking civil rights and inviting comparisons to gay marriage. >> we we all know there are plenty of serious injustice
as hundreds of u.n. peace keepers are there as observers. >>> a new pact between the united states an afghanistan received the nod of approval from afghan parliament. only four voted against the pact. the act lays out the long-term roles of the u.s. in afghanistan. it clears the way for u.s. prez sense in afghanistan for at least a decade after troops leave in 20146789 the afghan senate is expected to approve the pact next week. >>> they have been demonstrating patriotism for years. the military and family members are officially citizens of the united states. diana reports from the naturalization ceremony in connecticut. >> reporter: for the first time -- >> pledge of allegiance to the flag -- >> reporter: the words of the pledge of allegiance have a new meaning. he's now a u.s. citizen. >> it's a huge step for them. now, it's becoming a citizen. now i can travel the world and do much more for this country. >> reporter: with their faces full of pride, standing a few feet away, the first nuclear submarine, garcia along with 16 others around the globe were sworn in. >> you are citize
it with other countries. washington isn't buying it. in a statement, secretary clinton said the united states will intensify pressure on, quote, assad and his cronies whose rule by murder and fear must come to an end. specifically, washington plans to lobby russia, one of syria's last remaining allies. the uk has also been sharply critical. >> we're absolutely sickened, and the british government and across the international community, over what we've seen over the last couple of days. >> reporter: in turkey today, activists protested in front of the syrian embassy. >> we are now facing a unified. >> reporter: while condemnations are building, immediate action against syria still seems unlikely. the united states has consistently opposed military intervention. critics say washington is hiding behind russian and chinese opposition, because military action would be too risky in an election year. so for now, washington is trying to rally an international anti-assad movement. it's a slow process. richard engel, nbc news, tel aviv. >>> to politics now. both president obama and his republican chall
with president karzai, the two signed an agreement, the united states will be contributing money and troops and security measures to afghanistan over the next 12 years. now, in addition the president went and visited with troops in afghanistan. both thanking them, but also sending the message this war is not yet over. and then finally, he moved over to another airplane hangar in bagram air force base and explained exactly what he signed and what he's agreed to do, to the american people. >> in2er national troops will continue to train, advise and assist the afghans when needed. we will shift into a support role as afghans step forward. as we do, our troops will be coming home. last year we removed 10,000 u.s. troops from afghanistan. another 23,000 will leave by the end of the summer. after that, reductions will continue at a steady pace with more and more of our troops coming home. as our coalition agreed, by the end of 2014, the afghans will be fully responsible for the security of their country. as we move forward, some people will ask, why we need a firm time line. the answer is clear.
ready to go. and we are going to remind the world once more just why it is that the united states of america is the greatest nation on earth. thank you. >> the big question this morning. how does obama win? >> president obama is out of ide ideas. he's out of excuses. and in 2012 it's time to make sure we put him out of office. >> our political round table is here this morning to weigh in. republican senator from new hampshire kelly ayotte and tom brokaw, and chuck todd, plus economist diane swan. >> good morngz. ohio and virginia is where president obama was yesterday officially kicking off his re-election bid. as we went through the features, we learn a lot about how the president is going to try to win. that is the big question. how does he do it? one, he makes the case for hanging on even in this tough economy. two, and you'll hear a lot of that, it is the contrast with mitt romney. he will try to misqualify romney as an acceptable alternative on the economy, and the economy is tough. look at the job numbers on friday. sluggish job creation is still a problem for this administr
countries wanted to downplay. >> this is a lose-lose proposition for the united states because the administration will be criticized for failing to stand up tall enough in defending him. >> there may no longer be a way to avoid offering chen political asylum if he wants it, which would further escalate tensions with china, which would have the final say over whether he could leave. >> andrea mitchell starting us off from washington, thanks. >> last night on our "rock center" broadcast, we aired for the first time anywhere, the behind the scenes record what it was like for the government officials we saw in the photo from one year ago. the night osama bin laden was killed by u.s. special forces. from the president on down, they talked with us about the risks and the tension in the broadcast which by the way we're re-airing tonight on msnbc, and we learned still more about what bin laden was up in to his final months and days in that secret compound in abbottabad, pakistan. jim miklaszewski reports on the new bin laden documents discovered after his death and just released today.
as much as $3.5 billion a year. >>> the director of the united states secret service has spoken publicly for the first time since last month's misconduct scandal involving prostitutes in south america. and at hearing on capitol hill today, it was revealed that what happened there may not be the first instance of that kind of misconduct. our justice correspondent pete williams has more. >> director mark sullivan came to apologize for a scandal that has shaken the secret service but insists his agency has no cultural problem. the dozen agents who invited women to their hotel rooms in colombia he said, did not put anyone in jeopardy. >> none of the 12 individuals had any sensitive security documents. fire arms, radios, or other security related equipment in their hotel rooms. >> but senators were highly skeptical it was an isolated incident. they reveals secret service records contain three complaints of inappropriate relationships with foreign nationals since 2007. in the salt lake city olympics in 2002, add least three agents left after being caught partying with underaged girls. and one
threat to the united states. our chief foreign correspondent richard engel reports on one of the most violent days in a long time in yemen. [ explosion ] >> reporter: the suicide bomber was disguised as a soldier. he tucked into a crowd at a rehearsal for a military parade in sanaa, detonated a bomb, and killed nearly a hundred people. yemen's defense minister narrowly escaped with his life. officials say it's likely the work of al qaeda in yemen. while the u.s. has decimated al qaeda elsewhere, the militant group has grown in yemen because the country hasn't had an effective government for a year. but the arab spring finally toppled yemen's former president saleh and the new president hadi is trying to re-establish order and crack down on al qaeda. u.s. military officials tell nbc news the new president has dramatically increased government-sanctioned u.s. drone attacks in yemen and american counterterrorism training. al qaeda clearly doesn't want to be driven out. experts say al qaeda is fighting to make yemen its new safe haven. this yemeni bomb maker is one of the world's most wan
. the united states and nato trying to build an afghan army to defend the country after international troops pull out at the end of 2014. how to pay for the army and continued support will be central topics of the summit, hosted by president obama. more than 20 nations have already agreed to help the u.s. foot the $4.1 billion a year bill. many of their pledges have beenfall small. >>> new details emerging about that massive trading loss suffered by jpmorgan chase. "the new york times" say it's grown by another $1 billion, jumping from $2 billion into the $3 billion range. last week, jamie dimon said the losses were expected to happen over the course of the next few months. but instead, it's happened over four days of trading. the federal reverse right now looking into those massive losses. >>> verizon wireless making a major announcement to wipe out one of its longtime perks. the company says later this year it will do away with grandfathered unlimited data plans to migrate customers to the new faster 4g network. if you do have an unlimited data plan, you will be required to sign on to a da
of dying was 15% lower. >>> and for the first time in 18 years, the western parts of the united states can watch a rare type of solar eclipse, this happening on sunday. a ring of fire will radiate from behind the moon as it passes in front of the sun. the ring will be bright, you will need solar safe telescopes or projection methods to watch it. >>> here is an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,598 after falling 33 points yesterday. s&p down 5 points, nasdaq lost 19. taking a look at overseas trading this morning. in tokyo the nikkei added 75 points, in hong kong the hang seng dipped 58. >>> fears greece will exit the eurozone and default on its bailout have global investors on edge. a greek judge was sworn in to oversee the interim government yesterday until new elections are held on june 17th. making matters worse, the european central bank stopped funding banks as customers train the institution's millions of euros. >>> worries sent anxious investors to the dollar. the strongest position since january. this morning gold recovered 1% after falling to
is now in the united states. cheng guangcheng landed at an airport an hour ago. he found refuge in beijing. they left a few hours after being notified of an agreement with the united states. he was jailed for his campaign against forced abortion. the agreement allowed him to go to the u.s. to study law at new york university. >>> the man behind tesla motors was hoping to watch his private spacecraft lift off today. watch the countdown. you don't see or hear this very often. >> three, two, one, zero and lift off. we have had a cut off. >> with less than one second to go, the launch of the space x rocket was canceled. it was supposed to have been the dawn of a new area. the launch of an aircraft to the international space station. the founder watched the aborted launch from california. apparently high chamber pressure triggered a computer to shut down the launch at the last second. it was supposed to send 1,000 pounds of supplies to the international space station. the next launch is now scheduled for tuesday. >>> in oakland, the scene of a three-alarm fire is now a crime scene as
of the united states. >> reporter: the documents also exposed cracks within the terrorist organization, world-wide. >> this shows an organization in decline, under siege and really feeling the pressure. >> reporter: the threat of al qaeda diminished with bin laden's death, experts say, but not gone. michelle franzen, nbc news, new york. >>> oh, for the incredible drama of a blind chinese dissident continues to complicate secretary hillary clinton's visit to beijing. now china says chen guangcheng can apply to study abroad in a possible step toward resolving the diplomatic stand-off. chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell reports. >> reporter: at 4:00 a.m. in this beijing hospital surrounded by security, chen guangcheng answered a phone call from human rights activists as they meet with republican members of congress. he told them he wants to come to the u.s. to rest. he worries about his family and wants more help from hillary clinton. >> translator: i want to meet with secretary clinton. >> reporter: clinton walking a diplomatic tight rope told chinese leaders they need to addre
the united states. officials are telling us the cia thwarted a plot by an al qaeda branch in yemen to detonate a bomb on a u.s.-bound jet liner using a powerful explosive and a more sophisticated new device intended to clear airport metal detectors. we're still learning more about this. it's where we begin with our justice correspondent, pete williams. pete, good evening. >> american officials are saying tonight this is a big success story for international intelligence. detecting the plot well in advance, monitoring it closely, and then shutting it down and actually recovering the device that al qaeda intended a suicide bomber to use. the target was to be a passenger airliner bound for the u.s. though officials say no specific flight had been chosen and no ticket had been purchased. the plot, they say, was to originate in yemen. and the potential suicide bomber had actually been identified. the plan was to use an upgraded version of the underwear bomb worn by mutallab who tried to set it off on a christmas day flight to detroit in 2009. that failed to work properly and simply caug
in the united states. no u.s. company bid on this at all. the new cars, b.a.r.t. said, bombardier met a number of factors that they were looking for. but many this morning said the deal really needs a second look. >> we're trying to get b.a.r.t. to basically not rebid this contract, but basically put it back to the two best bidders they have and have them retool their bids and try to come back and try to get the best deal that they can on the table. >> they also scored the highest in terms of the technical aspects and they could put americans to work sooner rather than later because they do have facilities here in the united states. >> reporter: now, b.a.r.t.'s so-called fleet of the future is made up of 775 new rail cars. every one of them to be assembled in the united states. so b.a.r.t. can go three ways today. they could accept the canadian company's bid, reject it or start the process all over again which would delay everything about 18 months. reporting live in oakland, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >>> new this morning, these are pictures just in to our newsroom of the men accused
could bring it back to the united states. nobody knows what's coming up in 2013. is there going to be a giant fiscal tightening with the bush tax cuts ending? with the temporary wage subsidies ending and other things? or are we going to have another stimulus? i don't think anybody knows. a lot of the uncertainty. >> let me ask you this. in terms of the tax situation in the united states, if we see the bush tax cuts expire, you've got capital gains taxes going up to, i don't know, 25%, you've got dividend taxes going from 16% or 17% all the way up to 43%. if that happens, do you think we get a market sell-off? >> oh, absolutely. i mean, i think that is not likely to happen, that's really jumping off the fiscal cliff. if it happened in the context of some great reform like bowls simpson or something that gets rid of a lot of the deductions, keeps the rates low, maybe raises them a little if the wealthiest taxpayers. if we get real reform that could help the market. if it looks like paralysis, we don't know what's coming in 2013, a lot of uncertainty out there. >> we've goen a pret
in the united states senate. the house is going to act to extend the current tax rates, whether we make them permanent or we extend them for a year, that debate's still up in the air. we're going to do our work. it's time for the united states senate to do their work. >> in the last few weeks it seems like the pace of economic recovery has slowed quite a bit. a lot of people talk about europe, a lot of people talk about the price of oil. what's your take on where we are right now? >> i think the economy is slowing. and i would not be at all surprised to see it continue. why? look at what's going on in europe. it's having a very big impact on the united states. we've got record low interest rates. yet employers are scared. they're afraid to move forward. >> so can you explain to the american people what the gop would do, what's number one on the agenda, if in fact you get the white house in -- at the end of this year? >> i think dealing with the debt, dealing with our tax code, are the two really big issues. the president and i, when we had disagreements last summer, he would say, well, john,
of this? >> the u.s. is unable to come to it because the fiscal deficit in the united states is already very high. and secondly, in terms of the u.s. economy, u.s. economy is now smaller than that of the european union. the second is, the consumer here is not going to be as is resilient as he or she was in december, january, february. i think there's going to be a slow-down. so the u.s. ability to help is also going to be tstrained. >> all of this has created a lack of confidence in terms of equities. the retail investor is upset again after this weekend, the whole facebook ipo fiasco. what kind of impact has that had in terms of confidence? has it made things more skittish? >> i do think that's one of the symptoms we continue to see, weak confidence with the investor. you look at p/es in the trading market, trading at depressed markets. fund flows continue to be negative, they're coming out of the equity market. and then you compare that to bonds. we already have record low yields for treasuries. even overseas with the bund, for example. it continues to weigh on investor confidence. >>
've already obama/biden. you are looking at the vice presidential candidate of the united states. >> has it annoyed you that there's been all this buzz about, well, if the president put in secretary clinton he'd be a shoo-in for re-election? >> the thing that aannoys me that somehow president clinton is weak -- president obama is weak. that's not directed at me. it's unfair. i think -- look we have the strongest candidate. in every presidential race, david, it's the only race in which the public demands one threshold test be met. is the individual strong, and is their character consistent with what they say they'll do? is their character strong enough to say they'll do it? we have the best candidate, man. he has a backbone like a ramrod. i think we have clearly the best candidate. >> is it going to be a close election? >> it may be close electorally. i think all laekdzs are close, and my grandfather used to say who was a good athlete. joe, remember any team can beat any other team in any given day, but they're going to need a better game plan than the one they have now about how they res
the experience the private equity. >> it's the leader of the united states. it's not the short-term return of profits to the few, but a long-term economy that creates jobs for the many. >> let's start down that road. why has unemployment come down? unemployment's come down? because participation in the workforce is at the lowest point it's been in three decades. people are retiring early because they can't find a job. people have given up looking. if you look at the gallup surveys, the number of those who are underemployed and quit looking is 19%. this is a disastrous administration, and candidly if you want to get into a fight over debt, from 47% in the economy to 74% in three and a half years. this is why obama will have a hard time this fall. he can't fight over jobs because he isn't creating them. he can't fight over debt, and he has policies that people find unacceptable and romney has a straightforward case. can you afford four more years of barack obama? can you afford four more years of this economy? and can you afford four more years of this kind of debt? as david pointed out, the
very, very strong geographically. europe and the united states and, you know, the stock has been getting pounded just based on the noise going on in the market. >> i think that after this facebook thing where people feel that somebody had inside story on facebook, i want to turn the tables. there is an analyst when they down graded you they warned of a convergence of trends in northern and southern europe. the people who follow your company may not know the real trends of europe. >> if they were listening they would know. we couldn't have been out there more. we've been really transparent. we were talking at the end of april, early may. we raised the guidance as you said in your opening clip and we talked about the trends of the business. those trends have just continued into may where we've seen our comps of calvin and tommy up double digits. >> and how about in europe? >> in europe our comps are up high single digits. so accelerated. >> is there a possibility of a disconnect what people think of tommy hilfiger here versus what you and i know, over there, maybe they don't unders
case squad? from aruba, duane and yolanda return to the united states and met with their colleague, nbc news consultant and los angeles county deputy district attorney john lewen. they briefed the veteran prosecutor on what they learned on the island. >> when you start looking at each of the details and you look at them together, it goes from, this doesn't make a whole lot of sense to, this is a pathetic bunch of lies. >> if this was a murder, what's the reason? >> money. >> money. >> if the motivation was to collect insurance money, it was one of the dumbest crimes that i've ever seen. this, to me, has more elements of a crime that happened, that he was not planning on committing, rather than a well thought-out, plotted, murder for money. >> so if gary giordano killed her, he's either unbelievably skilled or very lucky to have found a place to put her body where no one's been able to find it. because they've been looking pretty hard. >> as you well know there's a high profile case in washington, d.c., where the police department searched a park. they knew what park to search and it too
're hunting the mexican cartel, we're not in mexico. we're right here in the united states, in the state of utah in the shadow of zion national park. this federal agent thinks what's happening amounts to nothing less than an invasion of our country. >> internally, it's probably the greatest threat facing our nation today. >> frank smith is an assistant special agent in charge for the drug enforcement administration. >> this is one of the times the american people has to open their eyes and they have to realize the threat is around us. >> this is the threat smith is talking about, a drug war that has scarred mexico with death in the street a daily occurrence in cities like juarez. and with mill yonions of dollar drug profits a threat, it spreads the violence. and most of the cartel's profit an estimated 60% comes from marijuana. but now the cartels aren't just smuggling the drugs over the border anymore. they've actually moved their growing operations into the united states. and where are they planting, growing and harvesting billions of dollars worth of marijuana? believe toit or not, th
. >>> china and the united states have made a deal. chinese activist chen guangcheng will be allowed to apply to study for an american fellowship reportedly at nyu's law school. chen originally wanted to stay in china after escaping house arrest last week and fleeing to the u.s. embassy in beijing but he changed his mind after concerns for the safety of his family. u.s. embassy officials and an american doctor visited chen today at a bay jang hospital. he suffered three broken bones in his foot during his escape. >>> still ahead at 6:00, a remarkable story of technology and courage. how local researchers are helping amputees reach new heights. >>> and he helped put hip-hop on the map. the music world mourns the loss of a legend tonight. >>> and good evening. i'm jeff ranieri. it's all about the livermore wine country festival. we'll tell you how you can enter to win a trip to hawaii at the nbc bay area pavilion and your seven-day forecast. aloha!pe >>> they start ed out as a pupg rock band but became famous as rappers and shook up the music world. one of the members of the beasty boys died. a
was to the united states. >> how much did you worry that it was going to end up in the wrong hands? >> a great deal. i called the general in pakistan. i felt obligated to let him know what happened. and part of that was about the helicopter. i said we need that back. >> a person in the military said 48 hours after that we expected pieces to be arriving in china for inspection. >> i'm not going to comment on that. >> i figured you wouldn't. >> president obama hadn't been able to say anything to his own family. near the end of the day he gets to check in with his wife and daughters. >> and the first lady, she's at dinner? >> she's at dinner and i let her know, you know, that i'm probably going to miss dinner because i've got a few other things going on tonight. it turns out we had a fairly important thing to announce. >> and then it came time to explain it to your young daughters. >> malia and sasha, i think, were too young to fully absorb 9/11. on the other hand, they've grown like all our children have grown up in the shadow of 9/11 and terrorism. and understood who osama bi
of 22 americans chosen to carry the olympic torch. it won't be in the united states she'll be rung it through uk. here is nbc area's jodi hernandez. >> i am beyond excited, beyond excited. it's such an honor to represent the united states. >> reporter: 19-year-old sarah williams says she can't believe she'll soon be heading to london to play a special role in the summer olympics. the pleasanton teenager is one of 22 americans chosen by coca-cola to carry the olympic torch. >> i was shocked actually. i mean out of all the people that must have been nominated for this, i don't know what they saw in me. >> what they saw, an incredible spirit of giving, inspired by a book written by a former foster child, williams started a blanket-making program four years ago. and now the project spread nationwide. >> these kids are often called the perfect -- in children. they don't have anything. so a blanket, if you think of what that symbolizes, comfort, security, warmth, something that they don't have. >> reporter: thanks to williams, thousands of children across the bay area and the nation have
's chronically ill budget. >> the fact is california has been living beyond its means. the united states of america and its federal government is living beyond its means. >> among some of the proposed cuts, state employees will face furlough days and pay cuts, health care programs like those that serve the elderly will lose funding, as state prisons once again face smaller budgets. brown says part of the blame, the state's sputtering economy and the still struggling housing market. california's problem, but one states across the country face. >> what starts in california, good or bad, tends to spread across country. >> blaming republican lawmakers for blocking his push to raise taxes, the governor is now calling on voters in november to approve his spending plan. >> what i'm proposing is not a panacea but it goes a long way toward cleaning up the state's budget mess. >> this week, he turned to youtube to make his pitch. within hours of his announcement, protest from state employees and push back from republican lawmakers. >> we had two years of tax increases. it didn't eliminate the defi
nuclear plant have arrived on the shores of the united states. the levels of radioactive cesium were ten times higher than the amount measured in tuna off the california coast in previous years. >>> researchers have captured a stunning image of a newly created molecule. they're calling olimisean. it got its name because the five linked rings resembles the olympic symbol. and "travel and leisure" magazine has a new survey of cities in the u.s. with the best burgers. the number one city is providence, rhode island. philadelphia ranked second, chicago came in third. >>> now here's an early look at one of your top health headlines on msnbc.com. a new study finds the rate of kidney stones in the u.s. has almost doubled over the last 16 years. in 1994 one in 20 people had kidney stones. between 2007 and 2010 the rate jumped to one in 11. researchers say kidney stones are more likely for people with obesity, diabetes or gout but can be prevented by eating a healthy balanced diet. for more information on this and other health stories check out the health page at msnbc.com. >>> "early today" heal
tornadoes in the united states which was good. lucky so far this may. temperaturewise yesterday was just a gorgeous day, wonderful weekend and so many western states. this morning, high pressure over the top of idaho, cool air is in place from boise to billings to casper. no rain to talk about. little storm system kicking through colorado and thankfully for once one of these will head up more toward the northern portions of british columbia than coming on shore in the northwest. beautiful, 73 degrees in seattle. oregon, one of the best spring days we've seenee a couple of 9 arizona but this is perfect. dry, sunny, nice, i think you could have done that. >> i think you could have done that >>> coming up, european election results shake up the markets, facebook beats the drum, and elvis plus warhol equals big bucks. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. >>> plus, crusading superheroes smash all kinds of records this weekend at the box office. >>> a wild sunday, including the knicks snapping their playoff skid, and albert pujols breaks a cold streak of his own. you're wa
's decision to go after bin laden. >> had i been president of the united states i would have made the same decision the president made which was to remove him. >> reporter: now, the president left before that violence broke out. he's headed home now. we're expecting him back in washington this afternoon. lynn? >> tracie potts for us in washington. thank you. >>> and tonight, don't miss an hour-long special edition of rock center inside the situation room where president obama and his national security advisers, 9:00, 8:00 central right here on this abc station. >>> five men are under arrest in an alleged plot to blow up a bridge in ohio. federal authorities described the men as anarchists, angry at corporate america. they were unaware that an fbi informant was involved in the plan to bomb a bridge, linking two cleveland suburbs. a federal prosecutor says the alleged plotters obtain what they thought were explosives. >>> the beginning of may brought may day protests from coast to coast yesterday. police fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators in oakland, california. thousands of occupy wal
a chance to meet with him, and he's concerned that he and his family now want to go to the united states so he can pursue his studies. >> a ct scan showed chen had three broken bones in one foot. injured while scaling a wall to escape house arrest. but doctors say no other serious medical problems. some republicans say the u.s. was too quick to let chen leave the safety of the u.s. embassy. >> if those reports are true, it would be a dark day for freedom. >> in a call to the associated press today, chen said friends who tried to visit him in the hospital were beaten, and his situation is still dangerous. worrying his supporters in the u.s. >> he should have been given more time in the embassy. to really think through his options, but again, it was a hurry-up offense to get him out. >> experienced diplomats said negotiating was touch and go because he changed his mind about staying in china after being reunited with his wife and learning how his friends and family had been abused. >> emotions are running high on everybody's part. we have a person who has been in prison for four years, been u
, millions in western united states and across asia watched the sky as the moon passed in front of of the sun, leaving only a golden ring around the edges. it was the first so-called ring of fire eclipse in 18 years. >>> and a bekeeper in po lapd created quite a buzz when he covered himself with 30,000 bees. that will make your skin crawl. after shaking off the bees, he walked away with only two stings. >>> well, now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 12,369 after losing 73 points on friday. the s&p fell 9 points, the nasdaq dropped 34. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei added 22 points, but in hong kong the hang seng was down 29. >>> investors start the week with concerns about the new facebook stock and the continuing debt crisis in greece. the leaders at the g-8 summit meeting at camp david in maryland strongly urged greece to stay in the eurozone and promised to do whatever is needed to solve the debt crisis. >>> this could be a crucial week for facebook after friday's ipo, which went as high as $45 but then qui
the possibility of deportation back to india, but the judge recommended he be allowed to stay in the united states. >> there is a new tax making the rounds that would affect strip clubs. the bill would require a $10 tax for every customer that visits the strip club that serves alcohol. it generates $35 million a year for rape crisis, rape kits and services for the victims of human sex trafficking. >> only $45,000 from the state is provided every year split between 80 something rape crisis centers. >> the sponsors argued that businesses like strip clubs contributed to sex violence. they turned to rape crisis centers in california. supporters say the tax would help process thousands of rape kits that go unprocessed. >> today is the last day for voters to sign up for the primary election. voters can drop off or have them post marked by today's dealt. the state will be rolling out the top two primary systems that means voters will say a single list of candidates regardless of state offices. in alameda, they must decide to support school districts that have been cut by the state in terms of funding. bi
in the southwestern united states, so when you have that combined with the persistent heat and the forecast, that can make a bad situation even worse. >> reporter: so there will be more scenes like these from the gladiator fire. >> i stayed as long as i could and now i just hope for the best. >> reporter: the best would be a season of soaking rains and cooler .tos which are not at present in the forecast. mike taibbi, nbc news, los angeles. >>> the atlantic hurricane season doesn't officially begin for another couple weeks, but there's late word tonight that the first tropical storm in the atlantic has formed off the south carolina coast. alberto has maximum winds of 60 miles an hour. forecasters at the national hurricane center say it's possible they'll issue a tropical storm watch for parts of the carolina coast tonight. alberto is not expected to reach hurricane status. >>> overseas tonight, police are on the hunt for a bomber who set off a device outstied a high school in southern italy, killing one student and wounding at least seven others. the school is named after an assassinated anti-mafia p
president of the united states, governor mitt romney. >> reporter: at the world east largest christian evangelical chris unit, he took a stand against gay marriage. >> marriage is a relationship between one man and one woman. >> reporter: that line was a guaranteed crowd pleaser at liberty university founded by jerry fallwell and located in the battleground state of virginia. the presumtive nominee's appearance is an important step in winning over the ultraconservatives who shunned him during the primary. >> we are electing a president, not a pastor. if you compare him to obama, yes. i think by all means we'll side with him. >> reporter: president obama made history this past week by publicly supporting gay marriage was honoring the nation's top cops. >> there are people alive today only because of them. >> michelle obama was talking about civil rights but inviting comparison to current fights like gay marriage. >> but we all know there are plenty of serious injustices crying out for our attention. we know this. >> reporter: two campaigns sharpening their lines in the fight for the whi
, quote, an old man's disease. nearly half a million women die in the united states each year because of heart disease. our own morning anchor, there she is, emceed the event. >>> some like it hot, and as it turns out hot could melt away that beer gut. doctors and brig many and women's hospital provided sauce directly to the nerve around the stomachs of lab rats. capsaicin is the ingredient that gives pepper its intense heat. it disrupted hunger signals to the brain and helped melt away so-called bat fat located around the absent men, organs and liver. if the procedure works in humans it could be a less invasive treatment for obesity. >>> speaking of food, why the first family is caught in a food fight, next. he >>> president obama and the first lady are coming under attack from doctors advocating healthy eating. they were not impressed by the president's decision to take russia's president to a burger joint two years ago and they were not happy when he was photographed eating a hot dog with canada's president at a basketball game. the physicians committee for responsible medicine say
was in joplin last night to mark the anniversary. nbc's jinah kim reports. >> the president of the united states of america, barack obama. >> reporter: speaking to thousands gathered for the joplin high school graduation, president obama said it was the people of joplin who deserved applause. >> as i look out at this class and across the city, what's clear is that you're the source of inspiration today. >> reporter: it was shortly after the same graduation ceremony last year that an ef-5 strength tornado tore through joplin taking 161 lives and shredding nearly 10,000 homes and buildings. surveillance cameras captured joplin high school getting ripped apart. one year later the school is still a pile of rubble while students study at a converted department store nearby. >> we can choose to carry on, we can choose to make a difference in the world. >> reporter: $2.8 billion in damage joplin is the costliest single tornado in u.s. history. fourth generation resident says her community will never be the same. but it's made her appreciate what she still has. >> i'm thankful for every day. i feel so b
of singapore. a move that will significantly reduce his taxes in the united states. that news has outraged facebook users across this country. facebook is valued at nearly $100 billion. the l.a. time said his stake in the company is about 4% so do the math on that. and about $4 billion give or take a few. a lot. thanks for joining us for the bay area at 11:00. "saturday night live" is up next and will farrell is hosting and the musical guest, usher. hello? the words are going this way-there's no way. oh, the lights came on. isn't technology supposed to make life easier? at chase we're pioneering innovations that make banking simple. deposit a check with a photo. pay someone with an email. and bank seamlessly with our award-winning mobile app. take a step forward... and chase what matters. >>> vigs president biden still in there? >> yes, 34r presidemr. presiden. >> joe, it's me, barack. >> you mean president jerk face? >> coming in, joe.
of the united states right now was in a relationship with a woman who he left his long-time partner, the mother of his children, and the two had no plans to marry, and they declared it all none of our business? well, that pretty much describes the new president of france, a nation very different from ours when it comes to love and marriage and politics. nbc's jim maceda has our report tonight from paris. >> reporter: politically they're opposed, but francois hollande, the new french president, and nicolas sarkozy, the former have one thing in common, and everyone's talking about it. >> french voters given a choice a bureaucrat with a hot wife or a bureaucrat with a hot girlfriend. >> reporter: they're beautiful and significant others. but who takes the place of carla bruni? supermodel, singer, occasional hollywood actress. >> do you think it's possible to love two women at once? >> he loved them both, but in a different way. >> that's very french. >> reporter: already rich and famous, and notorious before she became first lady. >> i think carla brought a kind of discipline to sarkozy's life. he
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